Sunday, August 06, 2006

Sunday scribblings


I love this week's Sunday Scribbling prompt: Who else might I have been? It's a question I think about occasionally, and I find it fascinating to wonder about how different my life might be if I had taken a different path. I like to assume I'd be the same me, but I'm realizing while it's true that people are fundamentally who they are despite their circumstances, there are lots of small idiosyncrasies that can get changed depending on what's going on around them. Enough babbling. Here's my post:

If I moved to New York

I always assumed that Boston would be a brief layover in my life. I'd come here for college, maybe stay for a year afterwards. And then I'd head to back to New York. Not the Long Island where I grew up--I'd live in Manhattan. I'd probably share an apartment with my best friend from high school. We'd be working in publishing, so we'd eat lots of pb&js and mac and cheese. We'd save our money for the important things: going out. To bars, to concerts, to everything. We'd spend summer weekends in the Hamptons, invited by guys who fell in love with us instantly. But we wouldn't be worried about loving them. We'd just love their house, their car that could get us out of the sweltering city for a few days. We'd be in (platonic) love with each other, and with life.

In my imaginations, I never think about the fact that we'd probably have to live in a sketchy neighborhood, that we'd probably have mice, and that she did live this life and is no longer someone I want to be best friends with. Best Blogger Tips

8 comments:

FatCharlatan said...

WOW! That last graph is absolutely kicker! Love how we see you grow from wide-eyed innocent to mature, thinking, reflective adult in the span of TWO graphs. Nice work.

DJPare said...

Phew! Up until that last sentence, I wasn't sure if I still wanted to be friends with you... ;)

Nicely done!

Michelle said...

I always tend to put the best picture on what if's...interesting!

paris parfait said...

Well my philosophy is that everyone has a different experience of the same thing. It's all about perspective. Lovely post and the last paragraph in particular is a surprise.

Bug said...

Thank you all for the comments! I'm going through some stuff with that friend in NY, so it's nice to write about and get some feedback on it. :)

January said...

Great post. It is fun to think of our other lives and all the what ifs. Yeah, the last line is a kicker. Does your friend in NY know you have a blog?

Bug said...

LOL January. Nope, she doesn't. Phew.

wendylou who? said...

Great post...I've lived in manhattan, questionable(very) neighborhood..once in brooklyn (ben styv) and had a really good time!!!weird I know huh...Then I lived in an all girl "hotel" in midtown...like a dorm...weirder!!!
Got offered a job in Boston once...loved the city, but couldn't find enough crevices that I could afford to live in....so...Loved your post.

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